Stitched Together…

…a textile exhibition held at the Arc Gallery, Stockport, April/ May 2014.

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Packing for travel.

Nelly Bly?

I travel like this ALL the time!

travelpack travelpack1I

I DO get some funny looks though!! I wonder why?



….my beautiful Mum, Annie Howe on the anniversary of her birthday today. There is a date stamp on the back of the photo 7th Jan 1939… she was 18 years old at the time this photo was taken! I love the astrakhan hat and collar she is wearing…still think about her every day!

Annie Howe. 1920 to 2005.


Grandma’s buttons…


Do you love looking at and sorting through buttons? I do! The jars of buttons in the photo were part of my Grandma’s stash which I was given after my mum died. There were a lot more but they’ve been re-used over the years and she even gave me a boxful when I was teaching, to help the children sort buttons in set theory!

Grandma made quite a few dresses for me when I was little and I know she used to sew for my mum and herself. The clothing wasn’t discarded or given away when it was finished with but buttons and even sections of beaded material were removed and saved for another creation. I can also remember her unravelling cardigans and jumpers, washing the wool and then I used to hold the wool on my hands while she wound it into balls. Real make do and mend!

One day, when I happened to have my collection of family photos and the buttons out at the same time, I noticed that the buttons I was sorting through looked the same as the ones on the dress she is wearing in the photo. It was really exciting to think that, when the dress was finished with, she had saved the buttons and they had passed on to me. The photo was taken in the 1930s…I think she and Grandpa were on holiday. They are beautiful, cone-shaped, concave buttons and they feel like mother of pearl…wouldn’t it be exciting to make something and use these buttons! I wonder what I should make? Whatever it is, it will be very special and remind me of my Grandma!


Baby me…


Here I am sitting on my Mum’s knee back in Exmouth. The little girl is my elder sister. I love my Mum’s edge to edge jacket and the clever way the stripes have been arranged on her panelled skirt. I expect the gingham dress my sister is wearing is her school uniform.


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